Legendary Actor Patrick Swayze Has Passed Away Today
by Ethan Anderton
September 14, 2009
This has been a tough year of great losses for the entertainment industry. There's no need to recap every single one, but of course many of you, I'm sure know those close to your heart who are no longer with us. Unfortunately, today Hollywood lost another legend in actor Patrick Swayze who passed away at the age of 57 today, as reported by THR. A statement from his publicist said the Dirty Dancing actor "passed away peacefully today with family at his side after facing the challenges of his illness for the last 20 months." Swayze was truly a cinematic treasure and he will be missed. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.
Recently Swayze made waves on A&E in his dramatic police series "The Beast," but many of us came to love Swayze for his now iconic roles in films like Red Dawn, Road House, Point Break, Ghost, Donnie Darko and many more. Personally, my most vivid and permanent memory of Swayze will live on in the form of a sketch on Saturday Night Live in which he competed with the late Chris Farley for a job at a Chippendale's club. The dude was ripped and hilarious all at the same time. In this sketch alone you can see the genuine charisma and charm that Swayze had on screen.
Fittingly, if you're in the Los Angeles area, next week at The New Beverly at midnight on September 19th there will be a screening of Swayze's last starring role in the big rig action film Black Dog. But knowing The New Beverly, they might just set up some sort of extended special tribute screening as they've done many times before for fallen icons. How will you remember Patrick Swayze?